At Home by Bill Bryson
This is one of the most enthralling books I have read in a long time. The book isn’t a drama nor is it a cliff hanger, but rather, it contains so many interesting facts. Information that you didn’t even know you wanted to know…until you did, that’s what makes it such a page turner.
At Home – a short history of private life is one of the more recent novels by Bill Bryson. Bryson’s ability to impart information whilst remaining relevant, engaging and entertaining is second to none and this book is a true example of that.
The setting for Bryson’s novel is his family home in Norfolk which was built in 1850. Room by room he takes us on a journey of what life was like, how people used to live, interesting stories and information on everyday items that we take for granted. For example, do you know why a fork has four prongs? Bill does, and now, so do I!
This book highlighted for me how far we have come as a society. The way that women were treated back then, the everyday decisions they were not allowed to make, and the sheer amount of labour required to undertake simple tasks. Although there is still a lot of room for improvement, I feel lucky that I live in the time that I do.
I implore you to read this book, it is a fascinating journey into the past and is a real insight into why we live the way we do today.